Alaves vs Real Madrid: Ceballos double secures victory for La Liga champions

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The win came three days after Madrid lost at home to Real Betis 1-0.

Ceballos struck in the 10th minute and restored the defending champions' advantage two minutes before halftime.

But Ceballos soon eased the pressure on the visitors with the opener, wriggling out of a challenge with Ibai Gomez in the area to slide a finish inside the left-hand post.

Ceballos' pair of well-taken finishes before half-time took Madrid back to winning ways, although they had to survive Alaves hitting the woodwork twice.

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Manu Garcia responded by ending Alaves' long scoring drought.

Barcelona loanee Munir crossed the ball in for Garcia and the Alaves skipper made no mistake directing a close-range header past Navas off the underside of the bar. After being able to pass the escort Ely, Dani Ceballos fired hard that cannot be reached Pacheco goalkeeper.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit the goal-frame twice in the second half as the Madrid forward seeks his first goal in the league after he was suspended for the first four rounds for pushing a referee.

Ronaldo's afternoon ended with Pacheco tipping his angled strike around the post, but Madrid nonetheless held on for the three points.

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has scoffed at claims of their title challenge already being over.

Madrid was also without the injured Karim Benzema and Marcelo, while Gareth Bale was left on the bench. Real has two wins, two draws and a loss in its first five games, leaving the side in eighth place in the La Liga table, seven points behind leaders Barcelona.

Ronaldo then swung a volley towards goal from a corner, but his effort flew just over Pacheco's crossbar.

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